Water shaped my country's past, but it will shape the future for all of us
Water scarcity could lower the GDP of some countries by as much as 6%. We must stop taking this vital resource for granted.
1992, graduated and joined Unilever; Human Resources Manager, responsible for staff training; in charge of several reorganizations; 1997, became Personnel Manager, Van den Bergh Nederland (Calvé), part of Unilever; worked on a reorganization; 2002, appointed Director of Human Resources, IGLOMora Group, a Unilever subsidiary. July 2002 - June 2004, State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment, first and second Balkenende governments. Jan. - May 2003, Member of the House of Representatives for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). June 2004 - July 2006, State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, second Balkenende government. June 2006 - Oct. 2010, leader, VVD parliamentary party. Oct. 2010 - Nov. 2012, Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs, Rutte-Verhagen government. Nov. 2012, appointed Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs, Rutte-Asscher government.